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10 Important Teaching Tips for New Teachers.

In my teaching career, I have learnt some 10 important teaching tips that I will share with the new teachers. The tips are also helpful to expert teachers to enhance their teaching experience. As they say, ‘knife sharpens knife’.

The teaching tips outlined below cover the most fundamental aspects of teaching, usually overlooked by new teachers, to the advanced concepts learnt with time. The tips include planning, teacher’s attitude, teamwork, classroom management and breaking routine class monotony.

Every proficient tutor agrees that every day is unique for every teacher; thus, it’s crucial to be prepared to avoid mishaps and work smarter as a new teacher.

One thing we must stress is that all humans are error-prone, so don’t think you are an angel and won’t make any mistakes, All right, take a deep breath, and  remember the following tips.

1. Plan for the Year

Important teaching tips for new teachers
Plan for the year

At first sight, planning looks easier. However, it’s not as simple as one may think. It is easier to get lost in the daily challenges of teaching, thereby lose track of the long-term goals with your students.

At the beginning of the year, set goals and objectives for the whole year. After which, break the plan down to terms, months and weeks.

Setting goals and personal assessment of the set goals can be done effectively during the school breaks.

2. As a Teacher, Be and Remain Positive

Think Positive and be positive: Most essential teaching tip for new teachers
Remain positive through out your teaching plan.

Teachers spend a lot of time trying to help students get better grades. But, we also tend to easily and naturally lose motivation with time.

As a matter of fact, students perform better when they are encouraged, and they tend to recognise their strengths when a teacher focuses on them positively.

Amongst the crucial teaching tips for new teachers, positivity in teachers ranks top.

Positivity in teachers helps to build students’ self-esteem. Therefore, it is crucial that as a teacher, to avoid negativity at all cost. This is because the student’s futures depend on your kindness and encouragement.

3. Tap into your Teaching Peers for Knowledge and Insight

Important teaching tips for new teachers
Tap into your peer teachers

Another important teaching tip for new and experienced teachers is, whenever you get an opportunity to interact with your fellow teachers, make the most of it. Try to ask as many questions as possible while sharing teaching strategies.

Teachers who interact with others, tend to create a robust support system that is healthy for the education of the learners and makes the teachers good role models and competent educators, that students can emulate.

In fact, try as much as you can to participate in the school events and you can, schools need you for more than just your skills. It’s beneficial for your career as well as you as an individual as you learn how other teachers manage to teach.

4. Address Misbehaviour as Quickly, and Appropriately as Possible

Address Misbehaviour as quickly as possible
Address Misbehaviour as quickly as possible: Photo:Getty/Linda Davidson
A Baltimore first-grader

It’s not a good thing to be a cool teacher who ignores inappropriate behaviour, as it sets a bad precedent which prolongs the problem only to become a total disaster.

It’s essential to diligently solve classroom behaviour problems as quickly as possible.

In addition, a teacher should solve the misbehaviour using the most appropriate solution, which implies that you must have a clear understanding of the school standard and the preferred methods of discipline.

5. Set Clear Rules for the Classroom

Important teaching tips for new teachers
Set Clear Classroom Rules

Effective classroom management is one the most important teaching tip for the new and experienced teachers. However, this tip is commonly ignored.

Setting your classroom rules is very useful as you set expectations early as long as they are simple, and the students can have fun with them.

It’s a fact that students like being guided and usually have issues when told new things. If you can think of ways to incentivise good behaviour, then do it. Positive reinforcement is always better than dangling punishment over them to maintain law and order in the classroom.

6. Be Caring and Empathetic to the Students

Be caring and empathetic is the most fundamental teaching tip for new teachers
Be caring and empathetic to Students

No matter what age group you are teaching, students are going through mental growth that can be challenging and frustrating. Be sure to put yourself in their place when you approach your students, while you teach them, and especially if you must discipline them. They are counting on you to help them learn critical thinking skills, as well as interpersonal skills. When you show a child that you care about them and spend time understanding where they are coming from, then you will earn their respect. It will also help build trust, so they know they can come to you for help and mentorship when they need it.

7. Teach Respect and Stress Anti-Bullying among the Students

Teach Respect and Anti-bullying
Teach Respect and Anti-bullying

Remember when we said you should take care of discipline issues as soon as they arise to keep them from spiralling out of control? This advice for new educators takes that philosophy one step further. With so much time spent interacting with video games compared to humans, today’s young learners need to practice mutual respect with their peers and teachers daily.

Create exercises that reward diversity and show the ill effects of mistreating others. This will help create a culture of respect in your classroom and improve your students learn their own lessons in being empathetic towards others.

8. Allow Free Learning Time and Free Time in General for the Students

Allow general free time for students
Give Students General Free Time

It’s easy to think that you have to keep kids busy, busy, busy—accounting for each minute of every day. While this philosophy can aid in goal achievement and keep challenging behaviours at bay, it is also stagnating. Give your students a mental break from the routine so they can do something constructive and new. This can be five minutes a day, a half-hour each week, a weekly group exercise, or ten minutes of independent journaling once a week.

The point of the assignment would be to give students time to explore their own minds, interests and curiosities. These breaks can also be a great introduction to freeform discussions about current events, creativity, or anything meaningful that your students want to reflect on.

9. Plan Field Trips to Break the Classroom Monotony (Most Ignored teaching Tip by New Teachers)

How to plan for an academic trip
Plan Academic Trip

Do you remember finding yourself at home alone? Imagine being a child stuck in a classroom for eight hours a day, five days a week. Kids are always being told what to do while trying to figure out what the heck is going on in this crazy world. Yeah, it’s pretty overwhelming for those students sometimes.

So, get the students out of the classroom and show them what the real world is. For instance, take them to outside school playgrounds, museums, sporting events and other activities that reflect the curriculum you’re teaching. They’ll love the opportunity to get out and do something different – and so will you!

10. Be Mindful about Sensitive Topics

Be mindful about Sensitive topics as fundamental teaching tip for new teachers
Be mindful about sensitive topics

You have to remember that children come from all walks of life and face many different challenges. Be sensitive and conscious of anything you might say that could alienate them or make them uncomfortable. This is another one of those tips for new teachers that will make a lasting impact on your students’ lives.

That doesn’t mean you can just avoid discussing topics that aren’t relevant to your curriculum. You just have to do it in a way that is inclusive and objective. You don’t want to accidentally make any student feel economically or socially inferior to you or anyone else in the class. When you complete your education degree program, you should look for courses that help you develop strong skills in this area. You will need to apply this same tip to working with parents as well.

Do you have some helpful tips for the new teachers? 

We want to hear from you and encourage others to become great teachers.

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